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Friday, July 28, 2006

poor FLandis

But folks, the sounds he makes strike a chord of ... something tainted.

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To imagine your own reactions in place of someone else's ... 'tis folly, I'm sure. But, how can I not resist the urge? If I had been accused of doping?

from the highest rafters would i stand and shout ~

i would scream, shake earth, quake with such an insult, so dishonored, that my rage would hold no bounds and would lash and thrash and seek out every measure of proof to squash unmercifully every iota of doubt.

i would be in blood lust.

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and yet, that is just me.

But when i hear Landis speak, and i examine his word choice, his inflection, his reflections upon it all ... i cannot help but feel ... the taint.

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What does it matter? and who am i to judge?

19 comments:

shawndoggy said...

Huh. When I listened to it last night I heard a guy whose entire life is crumbling around him, whose mom got chased from her home, who is trying to imagine how he's going to get through the next week.

That "I'll say no..." comment, in print, sounds really lame. But hearing him say it, I sorta understand.

If it were me, and I did do it, I'd crack like humpty dumpty under this pressure. And I can kinda understand how someone who didn't do it would still crack. I mean if my mom calls in tears because the press won't get off the lawn because of me... that stuff's all gonna take it's toll.

Not everybody's a cold-hearted playa like you olaf.

And I'm not saying he didn't do it either. Just saying I took what I heard way differently.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

who am i to judge?

Flandria said...

Pantani's life ended after long years of Italian press hounding him...

Dope testing should be done in private without press leakage until everything is checked out...bummer.

boots said...

the press are vipers that care for little else than to sell newspapers and magazines to a willing public that eats this sheot up.

thats a shame for his family... i wish all dopers at the high levels would consider the ramifications beyond their own personal achievement. even if done under the auspices of "im providing a future for my family", see here what happens when it goes sideways.

yes nothing should have been said until the b sample had been tested. But... that was also phonak's call, right? they the ones that fingered landis... everything up to that point was still an "unnamed rider".

Wild Dingo said...

I don't know. sounds like his alcholoism is bigger than his alleged doping problem... GAWD, jack daniels the night before a race? regardless of deciding that you aren't going to win? a few shots of that and i'd be a vegetable the next day.

Merkeley Bike said...

I hear fear in the voice of a man who has just been accused in front of the Spanish Inquisition and is now trying to figure out how to avoid getting burned at the stake.

Maybe he's afraid because he's guilty or maybe he's afraid because he's watching all the benefits of winning The Tour evaporate before his eyes - guilty or not.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

damn shame, any way you cut it.

Little_Jewford said...

anyone know if a carbon isotope test has been run yet? Lemond (on NBC this am) seemed to say it had been run and indicated a non-natural source of testosterone.

Pretty neat test, turns out synthetic testosterone has a lower c13/c12 ratio then the natural version because its extracted from yams ( generally, the higher in the food chain you are the higher your c13/c12 ratio)

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

jewford's big brain throwin out the stuff again.

interesting that Lemond brings that up...

shawndoggy said...

What, you don't think Lemond actually has a carbon-isotopo-meter next to his big Betsy-Andreu-Phone-
Conversation-Record-o-Matic? And that Lemond wasn't the first consultant the WADA docs call?

Don't sell him short!

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

screw Condi ... send Lemond over to create the 'new middle-east'

Little_Jewford said...

I love PO'd Lemond ....

Dan Cleary said...

Hey, regardless, ain't we all riding/racing tomorrow and ain't 'dat cool.

'Cause, I wish this didn't happen but I'm glad I'm pushing gears everyday.

Rockstars, all ya'!

nosajpalnud said...

not sure if they have done the carbon tests or who would actually perform the test, but according to Coggan:

"The reason that the ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone is used is because it is nearly impossible to detect the difference between naturally-produced and synthetically-produced testosterone. There are subtle differences between the two in the natural abundance of carbon 13, but that requires rather sophisticated measurements be performed using a gas chromatograph/combustion/isotope ratio mass spectrometer (one of which I happen to be sitting next to as I type this), and WADA has yet to adopt that method for routine use."

if he's innocent then you'd think he'd be getting one of these done to use in the appeal

Merkeley Bike said...

It the carbon testing is that sensitive it's probably too sensitive to be an effective doping detection tool.

And I think Greg Lemond expresses too many opinions about things he clearly can't know...AH!

This sounds like Landis is getting some coaching on how to deal with the media.

The Sage said...

I'd sart sueing everyone under the sun...personally. I'd start with the Lab...seems to be the only lab that finds dopers...and none of them spanish...
Free Floyd!

jAndy donka-donk said...

Lemond is pissed at any american that wins the tour......

cause the he aint cool anymore....

And on that subject, he won the tour in some of thier most Doped years, how the hell could he have done that clean? He had to have doped to even the playing field, but you dont see us pointing out the obvious every chance we get......

Stop crying and keep designing bikes without proper drainage holes and BB welds......

The Sage said...

The real reason why Floyd failed the dope test.
http://www.comedycentral.com/motherload/index.jhtml?ml_video=72248

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

rejuvinate my manhood ...

by goin' to gay bars and getting in fights ...


classic.